What is chapel?

  • (noun): A service conducted in a chapel.
    Example: "He was late for chapel"
    Synonyms: chapel service
    See also — Additional definitions below


A chapel is a religious place of fellowship, prayer and worship – most often associated with Christian, and less often Jewish, services. It may be part of a larger structure or complex, such as a church, synagogue, college, hospital, palace, prison or funeral home, located on board a military or commercial ship, or it may be an entirely free-standing building, sometimes with its own grounds. Many military installations have chapels for the use of military personnel, normally under the leadership of a military chaplain. Until the Protestant Reformation, a chapel denoted a place of worship that was either at a secondary location that was not the main responsibility of the local parish priest, or that belonged to a person or institution. Most larger churches had one or more secondary altars, which if they occupied a distinct space, would often be called a chapel. Although chapels frequently refer to Christian places of worship, they are also commonly found in Jewish synagogues and do not necessarily connote a specific denomination. Non-denominational chapels are commonly encountered as part of a non-religious institution such as a hospital, airport, university, prison or military installation. In England, where the Church of England is established by law, nondenominational or inter-faith chapels in such institutions may nonetheless be consecrated by the local Anglican bishop.

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Barry University - History - Cor Jesu Chapel
... The Cor Jesu ("Heart of Jesus") Chapel is intended to be the spiritual and physical heart of the campus ... to insufficient funds, Farrel donated all the funds needed for completion the chapel's construction ... and Finance building was dedicated as "Farrell House." The chapel is topped by an 80-foot (24 m) tower holding carillon chimes ...
... White Lion and The Three Horseshoes), a church, a former Methodist chapel, and a windmill ... The Methodist chapel closed in 2009, the last service being held on 30 August ... The screen to the Lady Chapel was brought here in the 19th century from the old chapel of St John's College, Cambridge ...
Chapel - Gallery
... Glattjoch Chapel Niedere Tauern Austria St ... Dimitrius Chapel on the beach of Olympiaki Akti, Greece Interior of St ... Dimitrius Chapel on the beach of Olympiaki Akti, Greece Chapel at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida Processional Chapel in Varennes, Quebec Ef polocka.jpg St ...
Religion in Laxey
... Laxey had a number of Methodist chapels ... Shore Road Primitive Methodist Chapel was built in 1825, and closed in 1870 ... Glen Road Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was opened in 1850 ...
Officers Of The Order Of The British Empire - Chapel
... The chapel of the order is in the far eastern end of the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral, but it holds its great services upstairs in the main body of the cathedral ... The Cathedral also serves as the home of the chapel of The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George.) Religious services for the whole Order are held every four years new Knights and ... The chapel was dedicated in 1960 ...

More definitions of "chapel":

  • (noun): A place of worship that has its own altar.

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    The religion of England is part of good-breeding. When you see on the continent the well-dressed Englishman come into his ambassador’s chapel and put his face for silent prayer into his smooth-brushed hat, you cannot help feeling how much national pride prays with him, and the religion of a gentleman.
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    Where I used to play on the green.
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